Today’s news round-up in Poland

Today’s news round-up in Poland Kalbar/TFN

Start your day with a summary of today’s top stories from Poland’s leading news sites. – The newspaper Gazeta Wyborcza looked at the party Confederation. Known for its far-right views, Confederation is hoping, the paper wrote, to steal votes from the governing Law and Justice party and Civic Coalition, the largest opposition grouping, by offering an agenda pitched at the young. It has said it will cut social spending and taxes in order to give young voters more financial freedom. But at the same time, the newspaper added, it has "scared off" many voters with its apparent hostility to LGBT people, "racial aliens" and its suspicion towards cooperation with Ukraine in its war with Russia. – The Russian Air Force has started exercises over the Baltic Sea, the news broadcaster TVN24 wrote on Tuesday morning. According to a statement by the Russian Defence Ministry, the exercise, which will include Su-27 fighters, is designed to "check crew readiness" and the application of "new tactics and modes of operation." – Last year, Poles paid PLN 410 billion (EUR 92.5 bln) in social insurance contributions, PLN 53 billion (EUR 11.9 bln) more than the year before, the newspaper Rzeczpospolita reported. The social insurance figure dwarfs the PLN 300 billion (EUR 67.7 bln) raised by VAT and PIT. It also means it will cost the average working Pole PLN 24,000 (EUR 5,418). The greater share of the social insurance contributions was shouldered by companies. – State-owned news broadcaster TVP Info warned that storms could bring heavy rain to parts of Poland on Tuesday. Up to 30mm of rain was expected in some parts of the country, while temperatures could fall to 17 degrees near the sea and in the mountains.

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